[Lab] Hardware Helper for Home Automation projects?

Justin Slootsky justin at slootsky.org
Sun Jan 26 14:12:25 EST 2014

Many home automation projects involve switching power.  Plus, there is the power to be supplied to the computer (pi, beaglebone, arduino, whatever) that is doing the automating.

It seems to me that a powerbar with internal relay switching and 3.3V 5V & 12V power would be a useful device.  Kind of like a powertail ( http://www.powerswitchtail.com/Pages/default.aspx - available at abra or adafruit or sparkfun ) but with 2-4 individually controlled AC outlets and DC power jacks.

Does this exist? 

[ Maybe something like this, but better amp rated, with DC power - http://hackaday.com/2012/06/23/diy-microcontroller-switched-power-strip/ ]

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